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Why Prince Charles may miss Baby Sussex's arrival

He’s eagerly awaiting the birth of his fourth grandchild, but if the baby doesn’t arrive in the next couple of days, Prince Charles may miss Baby Sussex's arrival altogether!

As the world waits with bated breath, there's one person in particular who is no doubt more eager than most for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child – The Prince of Wales.
While there's no question that Prince Charles is incredibly excited for the arrival of his fourth grandchild, if the baby doesn't arrive in the next few days, he may miss out on meeting Baby Sussex for a few days, as he and his wife Duchess Camilla head to Germany for a three-day royal tour.
The tour, which was announced in April, will be take place between May 7 to 10 and there's no doubt Prince Charles would have hoped Meghan, who is reportedly now overdue, would give birth before the trip.
Charles and Camilla at Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland on their 14th wedding anniversary. (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles and Camilla have both expressed their excitement about the arrival of the baby.
During their historic trip to Cuba earlier this year, a royal fan asked Camilla during a walkabout whether she was excited about welcoming Meghan and Harry's first child in the coming weeks.
"Yes, very much so," Camilla replied, according to Hello!.
Following the announcement that Meghan and Harry were expecting, back in October 2018, while visiting a distillery in the Scottish Highlands a reporter asked Prince Charles if he had "toasted news of the royal baby", to which he replied, "Oh yes absolutely!
"Several times, at the moment!"
Meanwhile, over the weekend it was announced Prince Harry's trip to The Netherlands would be cut short.
The original trip was planned to take place on May 8th to 9th, but it has been announced he will only take a day trip (the flight is just one hour), to The Hague to launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games in 2020.
"Due to the logistical planning for the travelling press to cover visits and engagements by The Royal Family, we have taken the decision to postpone The Duke of Sussex's scheduled visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday 9 May 2019," a statement from the Palace read.
"The Duke is currently scheduled to The Hague on Thursday 9 May for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 as planned."
So while the change of plans seems to not be because of the royal baby, we're sure Harry would appreciate the extra time to spend at home with his family at such special time, whether the baby has or hasn't arrived yet.
Royal baby watch has reached fever pitch! (Image: Getty)
In April it was announced via a statement by Buckingham Palace that Harry and Meghan "have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their baby private" and that they "look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone else once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
The press release caused a lot of confusion around how much will and will not be shared with the public, with some people believing the public will be told no details at all until the baby has been born, sparking rumours that the royal baby had already arrived.
However, in a rare move, Buckingham Palace last week confirmed the royal baby "hasn't been born yet," and many respected royal reporters have been told by the Palace that the public will know when Meghan is in labour.
The only difference between Meghan and Duchess Catherine's births will be that Meghan will forego the hospital photo call, opting for a private photoshoot a few days later.
And so, the wait continues as royal baby watch reaches fever pitch - we're perched at the edge of our seats!